Viewers may want to bundle up with an extra coat and be wary of any gelatinous cubes that come their way, because TNT has ordered a TV series pilot episode based on Bong Joon Ho’s seminal sci-fi survival film, Snowpiercer.
Press Release (via TheFutonCritic.com): TNT Orders "Snowpiercer" Pilot From Tomorrow Studios
Adaptation of "Snowpiercer" to be Executive-Produced by Writer/Showrunner Josh Friedman; Bong Joon Ho of the Original Film; and Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements of Tomorrow Studios
TNT, a division of Turner, has ordered a pilot for Snowpiercer, a futuristic thriller based on the award-winning film by Bong Joon Ho. A co-production of Tomorrow Studios and Turner's Studio T, the hour-long drama pilot is being executive-produced by writer-showrunner Josh Friedman (Avatar 4, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and Tomorrow Studios' Marty Adelstein (Aquarius, Prison Break, Teen Wolf) and Becky Clements (Good Behavior, Aquarius, Last Man Standing), and the original film's Bong Joon Ho, Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun and Dooho Choi, along with CJ Entertainment.
Snowpiercer is set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, and the remnants of humanity inhabit a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival are questioned in this riveting television adaptation.
"Snowpiercer has one of the most original concepts to hit the screen in the last decade, and it's one that offers numerous opportunities for deeper exploration in a series format," said Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT. "We look forward to expanding TNT's relationship with Tomorrow Studios and their take on a world where humanity is pushed to the extreme."
"TNT has become a great producing partner to Tomorrow Studios and we are excited to continue our relationship with them on Snowpiercer, for which we not only have a pilot but are writing multiple scripts," added Adelstein, CEO of Tomorrow Studios. "This is an incredibly powerful story and one for which finding the perfect home was imperative to its success."
Snowpiercer marks TNT's third project with Tomorrow Studios' Adelstein and Clements. TNT recently premiered the seductive drama Good Behavior, starring Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery in a no-holds-barred performance as a complicated woman trying to regain her life. Last month, TNT ordered a pilot for the vampire thriller Let the Right One In, based on the best-selling novel by Swedish author John Ajvide, which is also a co-production from Turner's Studio T and Tomorrow Studios.
About Tomorrow Studios
Tomorrow Studios is a partnership between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios, with Adelstein as CEO and Becky Clements as president. Together they executive-produce ABC's Last Man Standing and NBC's Aquarius. Adelstein also currently executive produces MTV's Teen Wolf and FOX's upcoming Prison Break reboot.
TNT, a division of Turner, is one of cable's Top 5 networks with young adults and home to cable's most popular slate of original series, including Animal Kingdom, Good Behavior, The Last Ship, The Librarians, Major Crimes and the upcoming Will, Foreign Bodies, The Alienist, Tales from the Crypt and The Race Card. TNT is also the cable home to popular shows like Arrow, Gr imm, Supernatural, Hawaii Five-0 and Bones and Castle; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards(R), the iHeartRadio Music Awards and the AFI Life Achievement Award; and championship sports coverage, including the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.
Turner, a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, sports, animation and young adult multi-platform content for consumers around the world. Turner brands and businesses include CNN/U.S., HLN, CNN International and CNN.com, TBS, TNT, TCM, truTV, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim, Turner Sports, Bleacher Report, FilmStruck, Super Deluxe, iStreamPlanet and ELEAGUE.